April 11, 2020
HYT Unveils New H0 Watch In Black And Orange
The hydraulic timekeeping system pioneered by boutique watchmaker HYT has become an industry icon in recent years, spawning numerous different variants, colorways and adaptations. The latest of these, a new model of the H0 in monochrome black with pops of orange, takes the core HYT design in a decidedly more aggressive and stealthy direction. The lugless 48.8 mm DLC stainless steel case with its giant box sapphire crystal remain unchanged from previous versions, but the new dial color scheme dramatically changes the overall feel. Everything here is blacked out, with indices and numerals engraved directly into the dial surface. Even the window to the fluid bellows, an HYT staple, is rendered in smoky gray sapphire for a black appearance, while the normally vibrant capillary fluid used in the outer hours track is also black. This black on black look makes the vibrant orange accents of the hands, power reserve, and outer hours track even more striking. The manufacture handwound movement inside the new H0 is the same used in previous H0 models as well, with a 65 hour power reserve and 28,800 bph beat rate. HYT pairs the new H0 with its textured black rubber strap with a DLC titanium deployant clasp. This new model is available now through authorized dealers as part of the regular H0 collection, priced at an MSRP of CHF 43,000. Check HYT’s website for the full details.
Jaquet Droz Releases Two New Variants Of The Grande Seconde Skelet-One
The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One has been one of the brand’s most striking and visually distinct timepieces of the past several years, and for 2020 the marque has introduced two new variants to the line in classic red gold and ultra modern plasma ceramic. The form of both of these new models remains the same as previous versions, but take the design ethos in drastically different directions. The 41 mm case of the plasma ceramic version is undoubtedly the more technically interesting of the pair, featuring a novel white ceramic base material which is then exposed to superheated gas at temperatures above 20,000 degrees Celsius. This extreme heating gives the plasma ceramic material an anthracite gray metallic sheen without compromising any of its material strength. The 41 mm case of the 18 karat red gold model, by contrast, is much warmer and more traditional. Both models feature the Grande Seconde Skelet-One’s signature intricate web of skeleton plates and bridges, treated in black to allow the suspended subdial at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock “Grande Seconde” subdial to take visual center stage.
Likewise, both feature the same deeply brushed gray treated white gold base ring for the hours and minutes subdial, accented with white gold hands and markers for the plasma ceramic variant and red gold for the red gold cased model. Both use the in-house 2663 SQ skeleton automatic movement, utilizing silicon balance springs and pallet horns along with a 68 hour power reserve and a rotor in white gold for the plasma ceramic model and red gold for the red gold version. In keeping with the different design spirits of both models, Jaquet Droz pairs these two with distinct strap options. The high tech plasma ceramic variant receives a sporty handmade gray fabric strap, while the more upscale red gold variant is paired with gray alligator leather featuring a novel matte finish. Both are available now through authorized dealers, with pricing on the ceramic model at $23,600. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.
Perrelet Expands The Weekend Collection For 2020
First introduced in 2019, the Perrelet Weekend Collection has been a step away from the brand’s signature design-focused offerings, delivering a solidly wearable dress watch series with mass market appeal. For 2020, the brand has returned to this line, launching three new models – the Weekend 3 Hands, Weekend 3 Hands Open Heart, and Weekend GMT – in both black and blue sunburst dials with a variety of options. Each of these models starts with a classically simple 39 mm case in either stainless steel or rose gold PVD, offering 50 meters of water resistance. The dials of the new models are classically simple as well, featuring minimal stick hands and matching applied indices against a backdrop of either sunburst black or royal blue. The Weekend GMT keeps this visual formula simple with a mall red tipped GMT hand and inner 24 hour track, while the Weekend 3 Hands Open Heart provides a much needed visual focal point at 6 o’clock. All three have in-house automatic movements with 42 hour power reserves visible through sapphire display casebacks. Perrelet offers these new Weekend models on a choice of either a black alligator pattern leather strap, or a mmulti link bracelet with a mix of brushed and polished surfaces. All three models are available now through authorized dealers, with prices starting at CHF 1,180. See Perrelet’s website for more information.